Dr. Weeks’ Comment: The risks of electrical pollution are being increasingly noticed – now we have parents taking their kids out of school based upon the documented health concerns.
Awareness is growing. Parents removing children from schools sends a powerful message. This is necessary. Asbestos was removed from schools in large part because parents removed their children from schools with asbestos problems. While it is certainly wise to approach school administrators with information and documentation of the dangers of exposing children to wireless radiation, if the administration will not listen, you may need to be prepared to take further action. The dangers of wifi and cellphone/broadband antennas will not be taken seriously as long as parents who are concerned leave their children in schools with wifi and antennas. Parents removing their children from dangerous schools is needed to spur change. Parents who opt to do so need to do so as publicly as possible if they would like to instigate change.
Parents pulling kids from school because of cell tower
by Sharon Chen
ENCINITAS, Calif. – Parents in Encinitas were pulling their kids out of school because of health concerns at a charter school.
“She’s been attending this school since kindergarten,” said Sonya Goodwin, a mother. “I pulled her out of the school just after Christmas, because I have concerns about the 18 cell sites.”
Goodwin is talking about the cell phone towers at the Innovation Centre in Encinitas. The school is one of 11 institutions run by Julian Charter Schools. The Innovation Centre is located on the grounds of the Encinitas Beach Chapel. Fifteen cell antennas are located in the church’s bell tower and the rest are in the parking lot.
“Our concern is cancer – just the effects of radiation,” said Justin Boudreau, whose son Ty used to attend the third grade at the school.
Boudreau is one of 10 parents that have pulled their children from the program.
Michael Schwaebe is an engineer and environmental consultant hired to conduct a study at the school for the parents.
“I would not have my child in this school,” said Schwaebe. “The levels of radiation the levels I found were very discomforting.”
Schwaebe found high levels of radio frequency power density.
“At that level there are dozens of studies that show significant health biological effects,” said Schwaebe.
“He would like to see the readings about a million times below what FCC recommends,” said Executive Director of Julian Charter Schools Jennifer Cauzza. She calls Schwaebe’s study unrealistic.
Working together with the church and AT&T, a scientist from UC Davis was hired to conduct another study.
Cauzza said she understands parent’s concerns, but what it really comes down to is choice.
“If you cannot be here with these antennas, then you can choose another program for your children,” said Cauzza.
“I feel like it’s unfair to have to choose between keeping my daughter in an amazing community versus a health risk,” said Goodwin.
“We’ve left and that’s our decision,” said Boudreau. “Had we known that two years ago, we would not have been here to begin with.
Cauzza said the Encinitas site is only temporary.
“We’re looking for a permanent site, but for now with such little real estate choices along the coast, it had to be the church.
Pastor Larry Peltier told Fox 5 the cell antennas have been at the church for the last 15 years and he has never received on complaint.
Fox 5 checked into Chula Vista, San Diego Unified, Poway and various other school districts, officials told us no cell phone sites are on any school grounds.